Wish upon Ostara: Why I wish Ostara was called something else

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The year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around. The problem with many of the Neo-Pagan Sabbaths is that we start with a name, then work out what the day should mean from its etymology and history, and then try to associate it with the season — which is completely backwards. [Read more...]

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How James Frazer (inadvertently) saved Easter for Neo-Pagans

“Reborn” by Tomasz Alen Kopera

Rebirth is something very much on my mind at this time of year, as I notice the the buds appearing on the trees, the birds singing again in the morning, and the wild geese returning north. For this Pagan, Easter is celebration of the parousia, the manifestation of Indestructible Life which shows forth in the warming sun and the rising green grass, as well as in the lifting of my spirit from the shroud of internal winter. So I feel no cognitive dissonance in celebrating the Easter holiday with my Christian wife this year. The point for me isn’t that Jesus was a Dying God, but that the Dying God lives in me. Whether life is in humans, in animals, or in plants, it is always Life, and when the incomprehensible point that is called rebirth comes, it is always Jesus who returns, alike to a tree and to a human being. [Read more...]

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Making my career serve my vocation

I awoke this morning to the sound of a bird chirping for the first time this year.  I’ve seen a few wild geese returning in the past week.  And when I walked into my office today, I just caught sight of a red-breasted robin outside my window.  Spring is around the corner, but there are [Read More...]

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Spring(?)

Here in the Midwest we have had an unusually warm winter.  In fact, with only a couple days of actual snow accumulation, we really haven’t had a winter at all.   Then I walked outside this morning, the sun was shining, it was around 65 degrees, and the birds were chirping.  It felt like the world [Read More...]

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